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19. May 2017

Every car might be stolen

The only secure option to reduce the chance your car will be stolen is not to have one. In reality, it takes a few seconds for professional car thieves to steal your vehicle and foolproof protection against car theft does not exist. Therefore, don’t be an easy target and think about crime prevention. Let’s make it more difficult for criminals.

ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

Vehicle crime is a highly organized worldwide criminal activity that costs a lot of money – not only car owners, but it has impact also on car manufacturers, law enforcement agencies, registration authorities, insurance companies and justice departments. For professional car thieves a stolen car represents easy money. Tools needed to commit the crime are relatively cheap, the black market of stolen cars is quite wide and the punishment is moderate in comparison to other crimes. Moreover, it is not a secret that vehicle crime is an important part of any sophisticated criminal activity and stolen vehicles are very often used for logistics when committing more serious organized crime operations, ranging from drug trafficking to terrorism.

THE DATABASE OF STOLEN VEHICLES

The INTERPOL Stolen Motor Vehicle database is a vital tool for law enforcement in the fight against international vehicle theft and trafficking. By the end of 2015, the number of database records had risen to 7.4 million. The database allows police to check a suspicious car and to immediately find out whether the vehicle has been reported as stolen. In 2015, the police identified approximately 123,000 motor vehicles worldwide  as stolen, thanks to the database.

MOSY TECHNOLOGY AND POLICE RECORDS

Slovak police forces began using MOSY in-car intelligent IT technology in 2012. Meanwhile the police statistics state the clarification of stolen vehicles increased by 36% and we assume that our technology plays an important role in it.   Automatic number plate recognition technology (ANPR) helps Slovak police to be more efficient. Without any delay MOSY technology allows to automatically recognize the number plate of vehicles passing by and check it against hot lists (stolen cars, unpaid fines and insurance evidence). This tool of modern technology in the hands of police officers leads to the significant operational efficiency.

NOT TO BE STOLEN

Certainly, you can do more to keep your car from being stolen. Criminals usually choose an easy target. By following recommendations you can make their lives more difficult.

  • Close all windows and lock all doors and the trunk, even if you are leaving your car for a while.
  • Never leave your vehicle running unattended.
  • Do not leave valuables inside your vehicle.
  • Try to park the vehicle in the safe area and turn the wheels towards the kerb.
  • Do you have vehicle identification number (VIN) etched on each of the windows? Car thieves want to get off cheap. They don’t want to go to the expense of replacing all the glass.
  • Never leave your keys with car park employees or in car wash services.
  • Remove registration papers from your motor vehicle to make it difficult to sell it on the black market.

Radovan Kyselica